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Persons diagnosed with a developmental disability may have additional medical needs when compared with the general population. Nursing oversight of care givers is common in a group home setting. In medically frail homes, a constant, 24 hour nursing presence may be required.

Typically a group home nurse will oversee both routine medical visits and special medical situations. While monitoring the health of the individuals within the group home is a primary responsibility, there are many others. The nurse educates and supervises care givers in such areas as medication administration, medication side effects, taking and recording basic vital signs, and patient advocacy.

The nurse is a vital conduit between doctors and lay staff, insuring that medical orders are implemented and follow up visits are kept. Nurses can be available for telephone consultation during off hours.